First outcome of Ukraine-Russia talks in Istanbul is idea for new system of security guarantees

29 March, 04:27 PM
Negotiations between Ukraine and Russia have ended in Istanbul (Photo:Handout via REUTERS)

Negotiations between Ukraine and Russia have ended in Istanbul (Photo:Handout via REUTERS)

Following peace negotiations with Russia in Istanbul, the Ukrainian delegation has unveiled the idea of a new system of security guarantees for Ukraine.

The head of the negotiating group, David Arakhamia, said that Kyiv wants to see the countries of the UN Security Council, including the UK, China, the United States, France, Turkey, Germany, Poland and Israel, as guarantors. Other countries will be able to give security guarantees at will.

According to him, Ukraine wants to receive security guarantees from the signatory countries that will be tougher than NATO’s Article 5. Guarantor states will be obliged to provide assistance to Ukraine in the event of military aggression.

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“We mean that consultations should be held within three days, whether it is an aggression, a hybrid war, (or) a disguised war under any format. After that, the guarantor countries must provide us with military assistance with armed forces, weapons, and closed skies,” Arakhamia said.

The security guarantees will not apply to the occupied Donbas and Crimeaat this stage.

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